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Blazers Call Up Rowley

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Blazers Call Up Local Defenceman

The Oklahoma City Blazers announced today that they have called up local defenceman Matt Rowley. The 16 year old D-man will make his Blazer and Junior hockey debut this Friday when the Blazers take on Tulsa.

Oklahoma City’s lineup is beyond depleted for this weekend’s series with Turnpike rival Tulsa after a nasty 3 game series with the defending national champion El Paso Rhino’s. When the dust settled in Rhino country, OKC was hit hard with suspensions and injuries. The Blazers may have 10 to 12 players that would be in the lineup watching from the press box. To make room for the 5’10” Rowley, the Blazers have placed forward Scott Sharkey on the injured reserve. Rowley will fill in on the back end when needed this weekend.

“Matt is another local player that attended our prospects camp back in May. I was very impressed with him, he has very good hockey sense and will do just fine,” said head coach Tyler Fleck. “We brought this team here to give the local talent a shot at playing at a higher level and keep them here. We had our open invitation camp in the spring and we were pleasantly surprised with what we actually had right here in our own back yard. In all, after this weekend, I believe there are 9 players that attended that camp on our roster. I’ve known of some of them like (Kole) Hudson and (Drake) Johnson, but the others I had no idea. There are some very good players from right here in Oklahoma. This will be a great experience for Rowley and I’m excited for him.”

The Blazers look to get back in the win column after losing on Saturday and Sunday to the Rhino’s. It will be the third meeting of the season between the Blazers and Oilers with the Oklahoma City posting a pair of wins. OKC outscored Tulsa 20-5 in 2 games but Fleck believes this weekend will be much tougher.

“Oilers coach Marty Magers has those guys up there playing at a high level right now. Maybe the best they’ve played in years. They swept Dallas two weeks ago in a 3 game series and took 3 out of 6 points from Wichita on the road last weekend. It will take everyone to have success this weekend. Thank goodness we are finally at home. I know our fans will give us an extra boost when we need it most.”

The Blazers and Oilers face of tomorrow night at the Blazers Ice Center at 8:30PM. The two teams will play again on Saturday at 5Pm and Sunday at 11AM.